Fremont Correctional Facility inmate and die-hard Dallas Cowboy fan Terry Hendrix is currently serving three different sentences ranging from five to 24 years -- meaning he has a lot of time to stew over Dallas's recent playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. In fact, Hendrix was so upset about the loss that he decided to do something about it -- sue the NFL for almost $89 billion.
Naming the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell, head of officiating Dean Blandino and referee Gene Steratore as defendants, Hendrix's suit demands retribution for the NFL's call on Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant's 31-yard catch on 4th down that wasn't. Bryant seemed to make a catch before stumbling a few steps while trying to reach the end zone, only to drop the ball when he hit the ground -- resulting in an overturned call, a turnover on downs for Dallas and a Green Bay victory.
Hendrix claims he suffered a "true injury" after the defendants "performed a gross negligence by and through a 'video reversal' of an outstanding 31-yard pass reception by Dez Bryant." But he isn't just doing this for himself. He's doing it for the team.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Dez Bryant, the entire 2014-15 offense (including the cheerleaders), every Dallas Cowboy fan and every person in or from the "Sovereign Republic of Texas."
"The Cowboys offense would have perfectly created an 'Autobahn' for DeMarco Murray to drive into the end zone for the score and victory," Hendrix wrote in the lawsuit.
Like the Oklahoma man who asked for an extra three years on his thirty-year prison sentence to honor Larry Bird, Hendrix paid homage to Bryant in the numbers. Hendrix's exact amount of compensation demanded ($88,987,654,32.88) features Bryant's jersey number (88) twice.
Although the financial demands seem ludicrous, Hendrix wasn't alone in his outrage. The reversed call had many in the sports world arguing what constitutes a catch, and the Packers cornerback who defended Bryant on the play even said he thought the NFL got it wrong..
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